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Question Have you taken your headers off with the engin in the engine bay?

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I'm painting my engine bay and as you'd guess the pacemaker 4->1's are getting in the way....
Is it much drama to drop them off with the engine in the car or am I asking for trouble?
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Re: Have you taken your headers off with the engin in the engine bay?

I would rather stick pins in my eyes than remove/install extractors.
Don't worry about getting paint on them it will burn off as soon as you start it.
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Re: Have you taken your headers off with the engin in the engine bay?

Thanks for that recomendation.... it's not the extractors I'm worried about it's the parts of the towers that I can't paint because of them.....
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Re: Have you taken your headers off with the engin in the engine bay?

If your doing a proper job of it why not. I pulled out my motor to paint mine properly.

Main difficulty with extractors is getting the car high enough to pull them out on an angle underneath. Easy with a hoiste or pit, not too easy with a jack and stands but it can be done.

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Re: Have you taken your headers off with the engin in the engine bay?

I've got mine out and back in numerous times. The drivers side is the worst side especially with power steering. If this new car comes? *Crosses fingers for loan* It's an engine out job to spray the engine bay.

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Re: Have you taken your headers off with the engin in the engine bay?

Yep, I've done both methods of removal, and now choose the easiest option of removing the whole engine/box assembly. I'd think if you were worried enough to get to the small hard to get areas, removing the engine and prepping the bay would have been a forethought though???
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Re: Have you taken your headers off with the engin in the engine bay?

Last time I took the engine out we unbolted the drivers side header in the car and left it in there while we removed the engine. Was easy getting it off and the engine back in, pain in the ass connecting the header up again though!

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Re: Have you taken your headers off with the engin in the engine bay?

Like Clint said, if your even a little worried about the finish in the bay, take the engine out!

It's not that big a job, and I'm sure the end result will be a lot better if you do.

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Re: Have you taken your headers off with the engin in the engine bay?

Thanks guys!

This is just a quick tart up and to stop rust untill I can afford to strip it back. I just love POR. The faded and stained white looks like shit.....
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Re: Have you taken your headers off with the engin in the engine bay?

Can be done with 4-1 Extractors. I have done it on mine (2" Pipes off the Head). Car needs to be on a hoist and disconnect the steering gear from the steering box. The drivers side is the worst. Passenger side is fairly easy.

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